The term “double-edged sword” is used to described something that has advantages and possible, unforeseen disadvantages. It can be used to describe free speech, fame, social media and a variety of items or intangibles. Personality traits are perhaps some of the best examples of double-edged swords. For example, an extremely intelligent person might feel unable to communicate with average folks. A stubborn person can be persistent enough to see something through, but also runs the danger of continuing down the wrong path.

MMA fighter Rosa Acevedo sees a double-edged sword in her own fight career.

Acevedo (bottom) (Phil Lambert/The MMA Corner)

Acevedo (bottom) (Phil Lambert/The MMA Corner)

“My passion and my love for the sport and competition are my greatest strength,” she told The MMA Corner. “When I let go and let my hands go, I can come up with amazing punches and awesome combos. I don’t even realize I am doing it. People talk to me after the fight and ask if I planned this or that, and I don’t even remember doing it until I watch the video.

“But on the other side, one of my biggest downfalls can be my anger. Some fighters need to take the fight personally to be able to get in there and perform well. Not me. My emotions need to be in check. I rely on my self-discipline and am always trying to control my emotions. I need to stay calm. The cage is both the scariest place and the safest place to me. Fighting is what I love to do, and I know it brings out the best and the worst in me. I find that everything is okay in the cage. You are you there—nothing to hide behind, nothing to try to pretend.

“Win or lose, I always want to be and try to be a good sport. I am proud to be a part of this sport.”

At 1-1, Acevedo has been on both sides of the coin in her professional career. In her pro debut, which came in March, she earned the unanimous nod over Sharice Davids. Just over a month later, she learned what it was like to be on the other side of the judges’ scores when she dropped a unanimous verdict to Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger.

“For my second pro fight, I went up in weight and learned that every pound really does count. I truly believe that now,” Acevedo admitted. “And it’s a mental game to have to lose weight, too. It’s harder for women to cut weight. I don’t care what anyone else says, it is harder. If I had made Jocelyn go to 115 [pounds], I think the fight would have gone differently. It would have been better for me. I don’t gain like most other girls do.”

Acevedo (R) (Phil Lambert/The MMA Corner)

Acevedo (R) (Phil Lambert/The MMA Corner)

Acevedo is ready for her next challenge, which comes in the form of Kyra Batara at Resurrection Fighting Alliance 15 in Culver City, Calif., on June 6. They are fighting at atomweight—105 pounds—which can also be a double-edged sword.

“This cut is harder, for sure,” said Acevedo. “I am moving down a weight class, so it’s going to be a little odd for me. My opponent is 4-foot-11, and now I am going to be the big one.

“I am confident, but not cocky. She trains with 10th Planet and Eddie Bravo, so I am expecting her to know her stuff. She is an excellent wrestler and excellent at jiu-jitsu, but I am bigger and stronger.”

There are some literalists who say that a double-edged sword does not represent any harm to the wielder, but that having two sharp edges means it can do twice the damage of a single-edged sword. They believe that cutting both ways is actually a very good thing. In Acevedo’s instance, it feels as though this interpretation is more correct.

Rosa would like to thank her coaches at Panhandle Gym: wrestling coach Ian Connelly, strength and conditioning coach Lazaro Perez and Muay Thai coach Jason Marlin, to whom Rosa is very grateful for all the help in getting her career started. Rosa is very grateful to her sponsors: Reganis Auto, Bob Wells, MC Trucking, Howletts Transformation 10, Salon Posh and Legion Combat. She also extends her deepest gratitude to her friends and family and everyone in town for their support.

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Amber currently resides in Tampa, Fla., a hotbed of MMA. She was introduced to the sport Memorial Day weekend in 2006 and quickly became addicted. Amber loves the fact that the biggest and strongest don’t always win, the respect the competitors show and that women are finally getting their shot. She also writes a blog for Fight It Out gear. When not watching MMA, Amber can be found at the beach playing volleyball, in the gym learning from Tampa’s only female BJJ Black Belt, cheering on her eight-year-old daughter in tae kwon do, or at her day job. She has a girlfriend, daughter, too many dogs and a cat who lives in the attic. Communication highly encouraged at amber at fightitout dot com.